Music & Food from around the World: Cellist Sam DeCaprio, Pianist Chun Wang & Chef Joe Cizynski
A feast for the senses at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, this unusual pairing involves extraordinary food and music, served up in chapters. First, a reception with food from Germany. Then a performance by rising stars Sam DeCaprio on cello and Chun Wang on piano, with an intermission featuring food from France. At the conclusion of the concert, Chef Cizynski will serve desserts from Russia. With complimentary wines to match each chapter, and other assorted beverages. A delicious way to spend an evening.
About the Performers:
Sam DeCaprio was the winner of the 2018 Aldo Parisot Prize from the Yale School of Music, awarded to "gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers," and has won numerous top prizes including the Arlington, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, National Federation of Music Clubs, Oneppo Chamber Music, William C. Byrd, and Windham Arts Council Young Artist competitions, as well as the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include his Lincoln Center debut on Grazyna Bacewicz's Cello Concerto No. 2 with The Juilliard Orchestra in January 2020 under conductor David Robertson, as well as solo and chamber performances in England, New York City, California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Other recent appearances include WQXR Midday Masterpieces, The Juilliard School’s ChamberFest 2020 and Focus Festival, the Crypt Sessions, and the Schneider Concerts at The New School. His festival appearances include Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Kneisel Hall, Lake George, and the NAC Young Artist Program led by violinist Pinchas Zukerman. He has also served as a principal cellist at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was a recipient of a “Talented Students in the Arts.”
Performing with Mr. DeCaprio, pianist Chun Wang launched his career in Latin America after winning the Villa-Lobos Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2006, performing widely in South America, including a concerto appearance with Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Teatro Colon) Orchestra. His performance with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 earned accolades from the South African newspaper Beeld for “the full sound and magic he obtains from the Steinway to disclose the true French romanticism. . . One does not often hear a pianist with so many lyrical qualities in mostly lustful and powerful music.” As the first-prize winner of the 2018 Panama International Piano Competition, he performed Ravel’s Concerto in G Major with the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama at that year’s awards ceremony. He also received the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a Bach Toccata at the Competition. Mr. Wang has performed at many famous venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires.
He has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Havana, the MSM Symphony Orchestra in New York and is a laureate of major international contests such as the UNISA (University of South Africa) Competition in South Africa, the Grand Prix Animato in Paris, Jaén Competition in Spain, and Japan’s prestigious Hamamatsu Piano Competition. His first solo album, released in December 2018 by NAXOS, made the Top 50 Classical New Releases on Spotify playlist and was featured on BBC Radio 3.
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